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Bruno della Chiesa

Visiting Lecturer on Education

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Profile

A former diplomat and science fiction editor, among other more exotic jobs, Bruno della Chiesa is a linguist trained at the Universities of Bonn and Paris Sorbonne, where he earned a D.E.a. in 1989. After France (60s-70s) and Germany (early 80s), he has lived in Egypt, Mexico, Austria, France again, Germany again, and in the United States. A self-defined "pluricultural European", he speaks and writes in English, French, German and Spanish.

After about a decade in the French diplomatic service, he joined the OECD and founded there in 1999, within the Center for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) the project entitled "Brain Research and Learning Sciences," which brought together experts from almost 50 different countries and is considered a seminal work in the field of educational neuroscience. This activity led to the publication of his book Understanding the Brain: the Birth of a Learning Science (Paris: OECD, 2007; also published Chinese, French, Japanese, Serbian, Spanish and soon to be available in Arabic).

Just after finishing this, he started to teach at Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) a course entitled "Learning in A Globalizing World." which explores language learning in relation with educational neuroscience, international social and economic contexts, and cultural awareness. He first came to teach his HGSE course at Kurt Fischer's invitation, and since then taught either a semester or a J-term course every year. As a result of his teaching and research activities at Harvard over the last four years, he created and directed the Globalization, Languages and Cultures program, a HGSE-CERI cooperation, which culminated late April 2012 with the publication of the book Languages in a Global World - Learning for Better Cultural Understanding (Paris: OECD).

Meanwhile, Bruno della Chiesa continues to work in the neuroscientific field as a guest editor for the Mind, Brain, and Education journal, and has embarked on new endeavors which deal, among other things, with future international perspectives in math and science education as related to civics (in his capacity as Head of International Studies, ZNL Ulm University, Germany). His work on promoting and raising global awareness, summarized in his 'tesseracts-in-the-brain' hypothesis (see his 2010-2011 papers) links (educational) neuroscience, (language) didactics, (socio)linguistics, (international) policy, and (philosophy of) ethics.

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Publications
della Chiesa, B. (2012), Foreword and Acknowledgments (pp.3-7) in della Chiesa, B., Scott, J., & Hinton, Ch. (eds.) (2012). Languages in a Global World - Learning for Better Cultural Understanding. Paris: OECD Publishing.,(2012)

della Chiesa, B. (2012), "Expansion of our own being": Language learning, cultural belonging and global awareness (pp.437-461) in della Chiesa, B., Scott, J., & Hinton, Ch. (eds.) (2012). Languages in a Global World - Learning for Better Cultural Understanding. Paris: OECD Publishing.,(2012)

della Chiesa, B., Scott, J., & Hinton, Ch. (Eds.) (2012). Languages in a Global World - Learning for Better Cultural Understanding. Paris: OECD Publishing.,(2012)

della Chiesa, B. Scott, J., & Hinton, Ch. (2012), Key concepts and acronyms, Executive Summary, User’s Guide (pp. 15-34) in della Chiesa, B., Scott, J., & Hinton, Ch. (eds.) (2012). Languages in a Global World - Learning for Better Cultural Understanding. Paris: OECD Publishing.,(2012)

della Chiesa, B. (2012), Learning Languages in a Globalising World (pp.37-51) in della Chiesa, B., Scott, J., & Hinton, Ch. (eds.) (2012). Languages in a Global World - Learning for Better Cultural Understanding. Paris: OECD Publishing.,(2012)

Stein, Z., della Chiesa, B. Hinton, Ch., Fischer, K. (2011), Ethical Issues in Educational Neuroscience: Raising Children in a Brave New World (pp. 803-822)in J. Illes & B.J. Sahakian (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Neuroethics. New York: Oxford University Press.,(2011)

della Chiesa, B. (2011), When Learning Languages, Motivation Matters Most. Interview by Nancy Walser in Harvard Education Letter 27/6, November-December 2011, Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, pp. 6-8.,(2011)

della Chiesa, B. (2010). Gute Gehirne gesucht! Von Neurowissenschaften, Lernen, Lehren, Medien, und Ethik (pp. 9-28)in LERNtheoriEN - Loccumer Protokoll 15/10. Rehburg-Loccum: Akademie Loccum,.,(2010)

della Chiesa, B. (2010). ''Wer fremde Sprachen nicht kennt…'' (pp. 9-29)in Die Bedeutung der Sprache – Bildungspolitische Konsequenzen und Maßnahmen. Berlin: Berliner Wissenschaftsverlag.,(2010)

della Chiesa, B. (2010), Wanted: Tesseract – One Hypothesis on Languages, Cultures, and Ethics for Mind, Brain, and EducationMind, Brain and Education, 4(3) September 2010, New York: Blackwell Publishing, 135-148.,(2010)

della Chiesa, B. (2010), ''Fácilis descensus Averni'' - Mind, Brain, Education, and Ethics: Highway to Hell, Stairway to Heaven, or Passing Dead-End?Mind, Brain and Education, 4(2), 45-48.,(2010)

Rolbin, C. & della Chiesa, B. (2010), "We Share the Same Biology..."Cultivating Cross-Cultural Empathy and Global Ethics through Plurilingualism Mind, Brain and Education, 4(4) December 2010, New York: Blackwell Publishing, 197-208.,(2010)

della Chiesa, B. & Christoph, V. (2009). Neurociencia y docentes: crónica de un encuentro • Cuadernos de pedagogía, vol. 386, Madrid, January 2009, 92-96.,(2009)

della Chiesa, B. (2009), Beginning in the brain: Pioneering the field of educational neuroscienceUsable Knowledge, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge MA, March 2009.,(2009)

della Chiesa, B. (2009), Ce qu'on sait sur la mémoire... et tout ce qui reste à apprendre Cahiers Pédagogiques, n°474 'Aider à mémoriser', Paris, June 2009, 28-31.,(2009)

della Chiesa, B., Christoph, V. & Hinton, Ch. (2009), How Many Brains Does It Take to Build a New Light: Knowledge Management Challenges of a Transdisciplinary ProjectMind, Brain and Education, 3(1) March 2009, New York: Blackwell Publishing, 17-26.,(2009)

della Chiesa, B. (2008), Introduction and comments to Éducation, sciences cognitive et neurosciences sous l'égide de l'Académie des Sciences (pp.7-12, 20, 83-84, 88, 110-111, 146, 192, 198-199, 205, 212).Paris: Presses Universitaires de France,(2008)

della Chiesa, B. & Miyamoto, K. (2008), Unlocking the secrets of mankind's most powerful machine, Teaching Scotland, Spring 2008, 14-15.,(2008)

della Chiesa, B. (2008), Long Live Lifelong Brain Plasticity!Lifelong Learning in Europe (LLinE), Helsinki, 2008, 13 (2), 78-85.,(2008)

Hinton, Ch., Miyamoto, K., & della Chiesa, B. (2008), Brain Research, Learning and Emotions: implications for education research, policy and practice European Journal of Education, 43(1), 2008, London: Blackwell Publishing, 87-103.,(2008)

della Chiesa, B. (Ed.) (2007). Understanding the Brain: The Birth of a Learning Science. Paris: OECD.¿also published in Arabic, Chinese, French, Japanese, Serbian and Spanish.,(2007)

della Chiesa, B. (Ed.) (2002).Understanding the Brain -Towards a New Learning Science. Paris: OECD. also published in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.,(2002)

della Chiesa, B. (Ed.) (2002). Los Desafíos de las Tecnologías de la Información y las Comunicaciones en la Educación. Paris: OECD & Madrid: Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport.,(2002)

della Chiesa, B. (Ed.) (2002). Lernen in der Wissensgesellschaft. Innsbruck: Studien Verlag. includes:della Chiesa, B. "Rolle der Bildungssysteme in der Wissensgesellschaft: eine Einleitung", pp. 129-169.,(2002)

della Chiesa, B. (ed.) (2001). Learning to Innovate: Learning Regions. Paris: OECD and Seville: IDR. ¿also published in Spanish.,(2001)

della Chiesa, B. (ed.) (2000). Die Vielfalt orchestrieren – Steuerungsaufgaben der zentralen Instanz bei grösserer Selbständigkeit der Einzelschulen. Innsbruck: StudienVerlag.,(2000)